\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

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Harnessing the power of celebrity and social media Dyson understands the aspirational nature of the beauty industry and has been strategic about getting its tools into the right hands (and heads). Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 As if the left hand of the American government was at odds with the right hand. Fox News, "Eagles coach addresses canceled White House," 7 June 2018 For downsizers or estate planners who want their valuables to fall into the right hands, and their assets support a good cause, Sikes and Fox offer these do’s and don’ts: Don’t Do nothing. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Make sure your stuff goes to a good home," 26 Apr. 2018 In your upper right hand, who’s both contrarian and makes matrices is Peter Thiel and his book. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Startup advisor Elad Gil is worried that we’re losing our ability to be optimistic about tech," 20 Aug. 2018 Both arms are raised into the air and the checkered flag is in his right hand. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Johnson looking for old Cup result in Texas to end drought," 30 Mar. 2019 The scar, a little crescent hollow in the ring finger of my right hand, is the only proof. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 2018 Zachary Lucy Four Seam Images via AP Images Brickhouse stood on a mound at the Dynamic Sports Training facility in Tomball, Texas, this winter, unfurled his retooled delivery and zipped a fastball out of his right hand. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Depressed and broken, this Royals minor-leaguer quit. A year later, his dream is alive | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 Nicky Delmonico suffered a broken bone in the middle finger of his right hand during Friday night’s game against the Rangers and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Andy Martinez, chicagotribune.com, "Nicky Delmonico out 4-6 weeks with broken finger after getting hit by pitch," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the right hand


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Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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